Creatively United for the Planet

Rebuilding the grassroots environmental movement
  • Mar 31, 2015
  • 267 words
  • 2 minutes
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With current federal and provincial governments whose approach to environmental issues is unpredictable at best, piecemeal at worst, we’ve come full circle: It’s going to take grassroots activity to create a buzz around the future of planet Earth.

“Only connect,” wrote British novelist E. M. Forster, by way of offering humans a roadmap to meaningful existence, and a Victoria, B.C.-based volunteer-powered organization is all about making connections. On April 25-26, just a few days after the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the non-profit Creatively United for the Planet is throwing its fourth annual community garden party at the English Inn at 429 Lampson Street in Victoria.

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On a spring weekend, with the sun shining and the air filled with the sounds of children laughing and musicians playing, it really does feel like all things are possible, and indeed, the message of personal empowerment is the clarion call of Creatively United. Hundreds of native Victorians of all ages join out-of-town visitors to wander the corridors of booths, meeting and engaging with advocates for planet sustainability, socially responsible investment, ecosystem preservation and eco-friendly infrastructural initiatives such as cycling routes and community gardens. It’s like a big block party where everyone shares one vision: the healthy future of the planet.

“The most significant environmental work gets done in neighbourhoods and communities across the country,” says Jed Goldberg, the president of Earth Day Canada. “If people walk away with ideas and contacts, then that’s power.” On this weekend in April, all the power goes to the people.

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